is an album by English avant-rock group Henry Cow
, recorded at Sunrise Studios in Kirchberg
in January, July and August 1978. It was their last album and was released on Henry Cow's own private label, Broadcast, in 1979. Later editions appeared on Interzone in the US and Celluloid in France. Only the UK Broadcast pressing used the custom label artwork design.
is an instrumental album which came about as a result of disagreements in the band as to what the composition of their next album should be. Recording had already begun at Sunrise Studios in January 1978 and some members were not happy about the predominance of song-oriented material. As a compromise it was agreed that two albums would be made: one of "songs" (released soon after as Hopes and Fears
under the name of a new group Art Bears
) and one of purely instrumental compositions. The group returned to Sunrise Studios in July that year to record the instrumental pieces for Western Culture
, except "½ the Sky", which had been recorded during the January sessions.
Henry Cow split up shortly after recording this album.
The Lindsay Cooper
composition "½ the Sky" was named for Chairman Mao
's dictum "Women hold up half the sky". "Viva Pa Ubu" (an outtake
from the January recording sessions) was written by Tim......